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Focus
c/o Douglas Gilroy
25 Park Street, Dumbarton
G82 1RF

Tel: 01389-763091

Welcome to the Website of FOCUS.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF FOCUS?

ABOUT FOCUS:

Launched in 2004, Focus is an independent, self help campaigning pressure group and registered charity, which strives to obtain the introduction of new and improved Services provided to sight impaired people living and working within West Dunbartonshire, Scotland.

Focus is a small group whose Constitution allows a mixture of both sight impaired and sighted members. The Members meet at approximately six weekly intervals in the Community Education Centre, Dalmuir, Clydebank – see list of dates for further details. Matters of mutual interest and difficulties experienced by, and coming to the attention of, Members are discussed and decisions made.

REPRESENTATION:

Focus is represented on a range of bodies, eg. West Dunbartonshire Council’s Sensory Impairment Strategy Group; West Dumbartonshire Community Health Partnership; Scottish Accessible Transport Alliance (SATA).

CAMPAIGNING:

Past campaigns include:
The establishment of a pilot resulting in the adoption of the Password Scheme for vision impaired people when being visited by Council staff e.g. Home Helps and others.
A pilot project scheme on eccentric reading for those with macular degeneration , in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council Social Work Department, Visibility (formerly Glasgow & West of Scotland Society for the Blind) and Community Learning and Numeracy (CLAN).

Focus has also undertaken, using external Consultants, research into the need for and feasibility of a Sighted Assistant Guide Scheme. The purpose of this Scheme would be, to assist vision impaired people to reduce their isolation and sense of loneliness, maintain their dignity, and facilitate their mobility and social integration, thereby enabling them to undertake a wide range of daily living skills and activities assisting them to play a fuller part in mainstream Society. This research showed that such a Scheme was not only needed but that there was a demand for such a service and would be both feasible and viable. A Business Plan for this has been drawn up showing it to be so and it now requires only Sponsorship and Funding for it to become a reality. Current and Recent campaigning includes:

Focus are working with West Dumbarton Community Health Partnership (WDCHP) and local pharmacists on identifying improvements to services being provided to those with sight loss. In conjunction with these Parties, a Visual Impairment Resource Development Steering Group has been set up to explore the medication-related communication difficulties experienced by all residents of West Dunbartonshire. and to support and advise healthcare professionals in the Area working towards improving the Services they provide. Although emphasis is on residents with a vision impairment, the work includes others, such as those with learning disabilities, The group aims to, through the development of a resource pack, this will be made available to healthcare practitioners e.g. Community Pharmacies, Community Opticians, GP Practices and Acute Eye Wards across NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board. This work will be piloted in West Dunbartonshire with the expectation that it will be rolled out across Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Thus, this should hopefully result in an improved experience for vision impaired residents of West Dunbartonshire who use NHS Glasgow & Clyde health Board and associated services.

ARE YOU VISION IMPAIRED OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS VISION IMPAIRED?

Membership of Focus is free and open to everyone with a sight loss and sighted individuals interested in us or our work.

To find out how to join or how you can help us with our work, please contact:

Focus secretary
Mr D Gilroy
c/o 25 Park street
Dumbarton
G82 1RF
Tel; 01389 763091
Email: dgilroy@talktalk.net

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